Thanks! I emailed and/or submitted comments to all advertisers listed throughout this thread (so far). If I get “interesting” responses, I will post here....
I wrote to 5 of them that I “deal” with.
Can’t boycott any of them, I don’t use any of their services anyway.
Unfortunately, we can't help you with your issue. Although we are responsible for the production of the CBS Sports.com web site, we have nothing to do with the CBS Tv coverage. For this you will need to contact your local CBS Affiliate.
The CBS.Sports.com Support Team
Customer - 06/10/2009 08:41 PM
Self-ping for writing letters tomorrow. Thanks.
Be sure when you all contact the advertisers, that you ask for a written response re: the company’s LONG-TERM decision for advertising on the Letterman show. (And when they tell you they don’t “sponsor” any specific show, be aware they’re just using a technical distinction — meaning they’re not a sponsor the way advertisers were once-upon-a-time a “sponsor.” They can still veto any show they don’t want to advertise on)
We are writing in response to your recent communication which objects to the placement of advertising on David Letterman. We appreciate your concern and thank you for taking the time to contact us.
While we do not "sponsor" television shows, we do contract for commercial time months in advance for those programs which we feel effectively reach our consumers. As a matter of policy we make every effort to avoid programs containing exploitative examples of ethnic, racial, religious or sexual stereotyping. We apologize if we were unsuccessful in this instance, and we will share your comments with our advertising agencies.
Our loyal consumers are very important to us, and we thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention.
Have a great day!
Your Friends at Mars Snackfood US
Please do NOT reply to this email. If you would like to respond to this message, click on the link below.
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
Dear Mr. NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN,
Thank you for taking the time to send us an email with your feedback regarding On The Border.
We will forward your comments to the On The Border marketing department that is responsible for sponsorship decisions.
On The Border
Thank you for your letter to Nissan North America Inc.
We at Nissan North America Inc are very concerned about acceptable advertising environments for programs. Like other advertisers, Nissan does not participate in the development of scripts for TV. We do have both a professional screening service and our advertising agency monitoring the general content of programs carrying the Nissan message.
We recognize that people have different standards as to the acceptable content, and we are sorry that you found this program in particular to be unacceptable. We appreciate your time and concern in contacting us.
Nissan North America, Inc.
Consumer Relations Representative
Nissan Consumer Affairs
Dear Mr. NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN:
Thank you for contacting us about the television show you saw during which Men's ROGAINE® Extra Strength Topical Solution were advertised. Johnson & Johnson has a long-established policy regarding acceptable TV programming for advertising our products which has been in effect since 1976.
Our company takes a firm stand regarding the quality of television programming in which its commercials appear. With the help of our advertising agencies, a conscientious effort is made to screen all programs prior to broadcast and withdraw ads from those programs not consistent with our standards.
All programming in which our commercials appear is subject to pre-screening for content. Our policy reads, in part "Johnson & Johnson will not knowingly participate in any television program that exploits sex or violence. The purpose of our policy is to ensure that our television advertising schedule is consistent with the high standards of the company; to avoid identification with the sponsorship of violence or sexuality of an exploitive nature and to associate our commercials, whenever possible, with program content compatible with the commercial tone and execution of the advertised brand.
The most effective deterrent to offensive programming is meaningful action by viewers. We value your opinions and have forwarded your comments to our corporate advertising department. We hope you will communicate your feelings to the networks as well.
We appreciate your taking the time to share your comments with us.
The Information Center
Thank you for taking the time to contact Intel. We appreciate your feedback.
Intel Customer Support
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A representative of Intel may subsequently contact you (by e-mail) in order to obtain your feedback on the quality of the support you received. If you do not wish to participate, simply delete the survey e-mail.
At no time has LifeLock ever sponsored David Letterman or any other national CBS talk show. It is possible, however, that depending on where you live that your local station inserted one of our advertisements into an open slot. We have no control what these stations do with the open slot or where the station places our approved advertisement.
Rest assured, that we have no affiliation with Mr. Lettermans show.
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They made it clear they are not sponsors of the Letterman show.....so scratch 'em off.
Here are some of David Lettermans sponsors:
Downey (Owned by P&G) http://www.downy.com/en_US/contactus.jsp
Lexus (Owned by Toyota) http://www.lexus.com/contact/
Nissan Motors http://www.nissanusa.com/apps/contactus
bing.com (Owned by Microsoft) https://feedback.discoverbing.com/default.aspx?mkt=en-us&productkey=bingweb&brand=&&locale=en-US&P1=dsathome&P2=&P3=0&P4=&P5=5462F211BC1D4717B52B5B14CB670F99&P6=Needham,%20Massachusetts&P7=Original&P8=&P9=42.285999/-71.233001&P10=24902.0&P11=&P12=&searchtype=Web%20Search&optl1=1&backurl=http://www.bing.com:80/?FORM=FEEDTU&scrx=1
Listerene (Johnson & Johnson) https://www.listerine.com/contact-us.jsp;jsessionid=o9dUC7PE892Iut-YH7ibH32Z1Wk
Old Navy (Owned by The Gap) http://oldnavy.gap.com/customerService/info.do?cid=3332&mlink=5151,1004621,3&clink=1004621
Also if you haven’t yet filed a complaint at the FCC:
Channel and time: CBS at 11:30 p.m. Monday June 8th (rape joke), Tuesday 9th (prostitute joke)
Thanks for the info! I sent the following to the sponsors listed:
To the Sponsor of the David Letterman Show/CBS
I am writing you today to express my thorough disgust with one of your Employees. I call David Letterman, one of your employees because the money he takes home as payment for his services comes partially from you.
I watched part of his show of June 8, 2009 and found his remarks regarding Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska and her daughter, Willow, who recently attended a New York baseball game to be most particularly offensive no, thats the wrong word. Abusive is more correct.
Why would a 62 year old man or his staff think there could be anything funny in suggesting that a New York ball player had knocked up a politicians 14 year old daughter? You are paying him to say this smut?!!!!
As a mother of a fully grown 27 year old beautiful young woman, I cannot even try to imagine how I would have felt if this remark had been made about her at the age of 14, 18 or any age. Thats just the reaction from my point of view. What do you think this has done to this 14 year old, or her 18 year old sister, Bristol?
What kind of company are you running that you would sponsor this trash? Have you addressed this issue with CBS or with Mr. Letterman? As far as I am concerned, this King of Late Night Smut needs to be fired. His monologues have become mean, obnoxious, and degrading to all who apparently do not agree with him on his particular political issues.
As long as you sponsor Mr. Letterman and he is one of your employees, I will no longer purchase the products from your company.
Response from The Olive Garden:
June 13, 2009
Dear Mrs. _____:
Thank you for expressing your concerns about Olive Garden and allowing us an opportunity to respond.
We understand your concern about Mr. Letterman’s inappropriate comments. Olive Garden screens all network television programs and we plan schedules accordingly, especially in regard to shows with objectionable content. Some shows, like The David Letterman Show, are taped on a daily basis and there is not an opportunity to review the content prior to airing. The content of the dialogue on the June 8th show is not consistent with Olive Garden’s standards and values. We have joined many of our valued guests in voicing our concern to CBS, and we will adjust our plans accordingly as we have done in the past when such situations occur. Your feedback will certainly be taken into consideration as we review our future advertising schedule.
Again, thank you for contacting us with your comments, and we hope you will continue to think of Olive Garden as a place to visit with your family and friends.
Guest Relations Manager
We appreciate your comments about our advertising on David Letterman's show. I'm sorry you were disappointed and upset by his comments.
The way we spend our advertising dollar is very important to us. We follow our guidelines and review programs before we decide to air our commercials. Sometimes our advertisements air by mistake. Sometimes the show fits our guidelines so our ads appear. And sometimes we choose not to advertise, but another company's commercials are mistaken for ours. We're looking into your report to find out which of these possibilities may have occurred.
Thanks again for your message.